Invited Guests: Please Read, View, and Comment
by December 15, 2021
This semester, students in COMM 385 conducted an exploration of race and systemic racism in the United States. Part of their work focused on an investigation of the current debate over "Critical Race Theory."
This exploration eventually led to an examination of students' personal stories, through the lens of Conflict Transformation. Through research, storytelling, dialogue, and performance, students reflected on personal, relational, structural, and cultural dimensions of their experiences with race.
Students' final project involved the development of several theatre pieces based on their own experiences.
These scenes are intended to provoke reflection and conversation. We invite you to watch, read, and join the conversation. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!
What moments in these scenes were most engaging and thought-provoking for you?
What feelings did they bring up for you? Why?
How did certain scenes, characters, or interactive moments resonate with your own experience?
What questions did these scenes raise for you?
Please let us know what you're thinking, and feel free to respond to others' comments, in a spirit of respectful dialogue. The goal of this conversation is not "agreement" or "political correctness." The goals are engagement, connection, mutual learning, and community building. Thank you!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID restrictions, the performers are masked. Lines may not always be clearly audible. We recommend that you watch the videos, and read the scripts. Performances may differ from scripts in some respects. This is not a problem. It's all "grist for the mill" and fuel for conversation!
SCENE 1: THE TRANSFER
SCENE 2: BUT WHAT ABOUT ME?
SCENE 3: HISTORY MATTERS